Alexa just gained a new skill this month. Users that user Alexa and have an Xbox can now control the Xbox via Alexa. Amazon says the skill “gives customers the ability to navigate and interact with Xbox using just their voice, with Alexa-enabled devices.”
Xbox users can use Alexa to power on/off the console, adjust volume, launch games and apps, start and stop broadcasts on Mixer, capture screenshots, and more. This is possible with the new Xbox Skill for Alexa, available as part of the October 2018 Xbox Update. For now available in the U.S.
To control the Xbox say “Alexa, open Xbox” or enable the Xbox Skill via the Alexa App, and then say, “Alexa, open Fortnite” which will turn on the console, sign into your account, and launch Fortnite. Or try simple commands like “Alexa, pause,” or “Alexa, power off.”
Amazon says will continue to work with Microsoft and Xbox to innovate, as it is planning to share even more voice commands and far-field gaming capabilities in the coming months.